A teacher at a South Carolina elementary school has been arrested after her student chose marijuana candy from a classroom prize box, authorities said.
The sheriff’s office executed a search warrant on his home and found four more bags of edibles.
No students have consumed marijuana candy, authorities said.
A 27-year-old elementary school teacher in Lexington, South Carolina was arrested after authorities investigated allegations that a student chose gummy candy containing marijuana from a classroom prize box .
Victoria Farish Weiss, who surrendered to authorities on Friday, has been charged with one count of possession of a Schedule I drug, the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement shared on Facebook.
Weiss did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.
The sheriff’s office said it became involved in the case on September 23 when it was alerted that a student at Rocky Creek Elementary School had pulled out a bag of marijuana edibles from a prize box in Weiss’ classroom which was used to “reward students”.
Authorities said Weiss brought a bag of Dollar General candy to his class, and two students were allowed to choose one, according to a WIS-TV report. A student grabbed a bag labeled “Stoney Patch Kids” thinking it was Sour Patch Kids, authorities said.
“Detectives confirmed in interviews that Weiss took the student’s package of edibles and told him to choose something else from the box,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said in a statement. “The student went back to the box and grabbed another package of edibles.”
The student left with the candies and asked a teacher from an after-school child care program to help open them. The daycare teacher contacted the child’s school. Then, authorities said, the school’s deputy principal found another packet of marijuana candy in the prize box.
“No student ate any of the products,” Koon said.
The gummies have been labeled as containing 350 mg of THC, authorities said, according to WIS-TV.
Then, during the execution of a search warrant at Weiss ‘home on September 24, “investigators found packages of edibles similar to those the student recovered from Weiss’ classroom box.” Koon said.
Weiss has still not been employed by the school district since last week, according to a statement from school officials reported by WIS-TV.
“The safety of our students is our top priority,” said Dr Greg Little, principal of the school. “It is unacceptable that a member of staff potentially threatens the well-being of a child. We will continue to work to ensure that all of our children have a safe environment in which to learn and grow. Rocky Creek Elementary has an excellent reputation that will not be not tarnished by the actions of one person. “
Greg Watchinski, principal of Rocky Creek Elementary, did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.
According to the Lexington County Schools Employee Handbook, employees are not permitted “to manufacture, distribute, distribute, possess, be under the influence of or use in or in the workplace any illicit drugs such as ‘a narcotic, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana or any other controlled substance.
While 18 states and Washington, DC, have legalized recreational cannabis and 37 have legalized it for medical purposes, South Carolina has not legalized the substance at all, according to a July Insider analysis. .
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